‘NO RUSH TO REPLACE MOUSSA,’ McNAMARA

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FORMER Celtic skipper Jackie McNamara reckons his old club don’t need to splash the cash to replace Moussa Dembele.

The French striker quit the Hoops in a £19.7million deal for Lyon just hours before the transfer deadline.

But ex-international defender McNamara insists Brendan Rodgers has enough quality up front as he attempts to steer the club to an eighth successive Premiership crown.

He said: “With a player such as Dembele, it is difficult as you can only hold on to him for so long before bigger clubs with more finances from abroad or down south come calling.

“There were rumours he was going to leave in January before he picked up his injury.

“It was similar to the position I found myself in when I was manager of Dundee United and we sold Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven to Celtic.

“The big clubs will eventually come in with the big money and take your best players away. Although it is a fantastic piece of business for Celtic. They have spent £9million on Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths is there, as well.

McNamara dded: “I haven’t seen enough of Lewis Morgan, but he is highly rated and they also have Scott Sinclair who hasn’t featured a lot this season.

“Celtic don’t need to replace Dembele this season as they still have enough quality in the forward areas to do well and continue winning trophies.”

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